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Fox Will Make a Movie About the Supreme Court's Historic Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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The New York Times reports that 20th Century Fox is making a movie tied to last month's Supreme Court decision that declared same-sex marriage a nationwide right. The film will focus on Jim Obergefell's life and case; Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that effectively led to the historic ruling. Obergefell, along with journalist Debbie Cenziper, has plans to write a narrative nonfiction book about his journey before the movie comes out. The studio has secured Obergefell's and his lawyer's life rights, as well as screen rights to the book, which will be titled 21 Years to Midnight. "It’s a transcendent love story about someone who goes to such a length for love that he ends up changing the world," Wyck Godfrey, a producer attached to the project, told the Times. Most other details are currently unavailable; however, the film is projected to debut at least two years from now, »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Disney Is Taking Down Its Bill Cosby Statue

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A day after unsealed court documents revealed unsettling facts about the brewing Bill Cosby sex-abuse scandal(s), Disney has added itself to the growing list of brands cutting ties with the comedian. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park confirmed plans to take down its bust of Cosby after the park closed Tuesday night. A Change.org petition, addressed to The Walt Disney Company and calling for the removal of the statue, had been gathering signatures for more than half a year online. "In light of recent circumstances it is prudent that the bust of actor Bill Cosby be removed," the petition (reportedly started by a niece of one of Cosby's alleged victims) read. "The Disney name is synonymous with family-friendly entertainment and with Mr. Cosby in the media daily facing accusations of sexual assault with the number of victims ever-climbing, it is inappropriate for Disney »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Check Out the New Ghostbusters Car

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Hopefully you're ready for another helping of Ghostbusters news: Not long after the villain and a pic of Melissa McCarthy in her ghostbusting suit were revealed, Paul Feig took to Twitter to show off the squad's brand-new ride. "What they gonna drive?" he tweeted, in hashtag form. Like many of the "new" Ghostbuster sneak-peek reveals (including the suits and the proton packs), the famed Ecto-1 that McCarthy and Co. will motor around in looks like a slightly updated, but mostly retro-tinged, version of the old-style car. Although a lot of the Twitter reception was positive, some fans were unimpressed. Feig noted he was (and is) appreciative of all the input because he's an unfazed boss. Without further ado, here it is: Note: It has a nice backside, too: »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Elodie Yung Will Kick Ass as Daredevil's Elektra

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The season of Elektra is nearly upon us: Marvel announced Tuesday that French actress and experienced blind-folded butt-kicker Elodie Yung will take a turn as the fan-favorite assassin for Netflix's second round of Daredevil. "After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity," Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb said in a statement. "Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for." Sounds good. Yung (of G.I. Joe: Retaliation fame) joins recent addition Jon Bernthal, to hopefully do lots of this and this. You'll also be able to see her in the forthcoming projects Gods of Egypt and Of Kings and Prophets. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Watch Waka Flocka Flame Rap With Your Favorite Video Game Characters for Pixels

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In this music vid for the Pixels soundtrack single, "Game On," once-Presidential hopeful Waka Flocka Flame has summoned a veritable squad of classic video game legends, including everyone from Donkey Kong to Frogger to Pac-Man, to let you know that ... the game will be on, come July 24. Oh, and catchy anthem maker Good Charlotte is also in this thing (which features lots of rad footage from the movie). No offense to Waka, but it seems like it was a missed opportunity to not have renowned video game expert Lil' Flip also spit some lines on this. Maybe for the inevitable Pixels 2. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Even Arya Stark Is Super Sure Jon Snow’s Dead

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Just when Game of Thrones fans got their hopes up after Kit Harington stepped out at Wimbledon with his Jon Snow curls still intact, Arya Stark is here to burst everyone's bubble. "We saw him get stabbed a lot in the chest, like, I think that’s pretty clear," Maisie Williams told People. In fact, she says the cast has secretly been mourning Kit/Jon's loss since award-show season earlier this year. Her advice on how to cope: "That's what this show does. And if you haven't learned that by now, well then I can't help you ... If it makes you feel better, then yes there's hope but ... [major eye roll]." Tough love. That's the Arya Stark way. »


- Dee Lockett

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11 Best New Songs of the Week

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Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. We do not discriminate; as long as the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best new tunes.Beach House, “Sparks” In a recent interview with NPR, Victoria Legrand stumbles when Bob Boilen asks her to clarify a few lyrics he can't quite understand. It's puzzling, she said, to be reminded of the fact that people still listen to lyrics carefully and interpret songs. But for all of its gauzy, dream-pop bliss, Beach House is still the kind of band that deserves a close listen. Fight the temptation to get lost in Legrand's dulcet voice and give this new song from the band's upcoming record, their first since 2012's Bloom, »


- Vulture Editors

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Archie Reboot Creators on Why Betty, Veronica, and the Gang Still Matter

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The resurgence of Archie Comics has been one of the most fascinating, unexpected developments in recent comics-industry history. As of just a few years ago, the company was an afterthought in the publishing world, cranking out cartoony, barely noticed tales about Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest. But after a change in management in 2009, Archie Comics began crafting inventive new gimmicks for these 60-year-old archetypes. There was Afterlife With Archie, in which Archie becomes a zombie hunter; there was Archie vs. Predator, in which the Riverdale gang goes up against the alien menace from the Predator movies; and now the company is embarking on its riskiest gambit yet: a gimmick-free, straight-faced reboot of the Archie universe. Starting with this week’s Archie No. 1, readers will get to see a brand-new take on Riverdale, in which all the classic characters are modern-day teenagers. Realistic comedy is the order of »

- Abraham Riesman

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The Lego Movie Guys Are Making a Star Wars Stand-alone Film About a Young Han Solo

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As has been rumored for a while, one of the Star Wars stand-alone films will tell the story of a young Han Solo: LucasFilm announced today that The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will bring the backstory of Corellia's most famous smuggler to the big screen, in a project written by the father-son team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Star Wars is the latest project on Lord and Miller's increasingly crowded plate — besides shepherding the Lego franchise, they've also got a second season of Last Man on Earth, the Flash movie, a partly animated comedy for Fox, and an animated Spider-Man project for Sony. Luckily, there are two of them, so they won't have to do it all ... solo.  »


- Nate Jones

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Bill Cosby’s Shows’ Reruns Pulled From Centric and Bounce TV

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A day after newly unsealed court documents revealed that Bill Cosby testified in 2005 to giving prescription drugs to women with the intention of having sex with them, two TV networks have reacted swiftly. Both Centric and Bounce TV plan to pull reruns of The Cosby Show and Cosby from their respective networks starting as early as today. Centric, a Bet-owned network that serves a predominantly black female audience, will begin yanking Cosby Show episodes on Wednesday "until further notice." Bounce TV, an Atlanta-based network also serving black audiences, has already pulled all reruns of Cosby, a comedy that reunited Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. The Cosby Show originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992 for eight seasons. TV Land also pulled Cosby Show episodes last year in the wake of multiple sexual-abuse allegations against Cosby. Vulture has reached out to Hulu and Amazon, where the series is still »


- Dee Lockett

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The Bozo Who Charged His Phone on Hand to God’s Stage Was Even Ruder Than You Thought (There's Video Proof)

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During a Broadway production of Hand to God at the Booth Theater, the site Broadway Adjacent reported that an audience member walked up to the stage to try to charge his phone. At first blush, we thought that this meant the man went up to the apron of the stage and charged it there. Nope! There's now video evidence showing that the rudest man on Broadway walked onto the stage to plug in his phone. Broadway Adjacent even reports that after the ushers got him offstage and returned his phone, he had the nerve to ask, "Well, where can I charge it?" And then he wasn't even kicked out! Jeez, and here we thought texting during the performance would be rude. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Your First Look at Melissa McCarthy in Her Ghostbusters Uniform

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Last month we got a glimpse of three of the GhostbustersMelissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon — from the Boston set of Paul Feig's reboot, and then we even saw the uniforms hanging on a rack. But what we really needed was the Ghostbusters in those uniforms. They are Ghostbusters, after all! Finally we have a first look at Melissa McCarthy, ready to bust some ghosts. Sadly, she isn't wearing her proton pack, so she'll just have to catch the ghosts with her hands. »


- E. Alex Jung

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What Were Comedy Central’s Best Years?

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Inside Amy Schumer wraps up its third season tonight, and tomorrow, Key & Peele returns for the second half of its fourth season; following that episode comes the series premiere of Why? With Hannibal Buress. Review returns July 30. Another Period is off to a terrific start, and late-night show Meltdown's second season is going strong. That's quite a summer roster for Comedy Central.In fact, 2015 on the whole has been an impressive year for Comedy Central. (Well, in terms of quality and creativity of programming. Not in terms of ratings.) Of course there's the stalwarts South Park and The Daily Show, plus Broad City, The Nightly Show, @midnight, Workaholics, Kroll Show. Drunk History comes back in the fall, and Nathan for You is scheduled to come back at some point this year. There was Big Time in Hollywood, Fl, which is odd but not worthless, and the grating yet »


- Margaret Lyons

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A Timeline of the Abuse Charges Against Bill Cosby [Updated]

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Thirty years ago this fall, The Cosby Show debuted on NBC, and its star was catapulted into the comedic stratosphere. The timing is prime, then, for the release of a sprawling biography. Written by former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker, Cosby: His Life and Times documents the man’s rise from the Philadelphia projects, while also detailing the creation of his family sitcom and the murder of his son Ennis in 1997. The book is notable, however, for its complete avoidance of sexual abuse allegations that have dogged Cosby for more than a decade. In a statement to Buzzfeed's Kate Aurthur, Whitaker says, "I didn’t want to print allegations that I couldn’t confirm independently." Regardless, their absence is glaring. Consider the following timeline an appendix to the book.November 2002 Andrea Constand, director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, allegedly met with Bill Cosby. Constand claims that Cosby, »


- Matt Giles,Nate Jones

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Harry Shearer Will Return to The Simpsons After All (Along With Everyone Else)

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There was a big scare in Springfield a couple of months ago, when it looked as though Harry Shearer, who voices many of The Simpsons' secondary denizens, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, and Ned Flanders, would be departing. But fear not! Fox has announced that Shearer, along with the show's five other principal voice actors — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria — will be returning for two more seasons. The two-season pickup extends the show's phenomenal run to 28 seasons (it's already the longest-running scripted show on TV). All's well in Springfield: Homer and Marge aren't breaking up, and neither are Mr. Burns and Smithers. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Asian Immigrants on TV Are Starting to Get Some Respect

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The first time you see inmate Mei Chang, played by Lori Tan Chinn, in Orange Is the New Black, is midway through the second episode of the first season. Piper is getting starved out by Red, and she needs Nikki to get some stuff from the commissary for her. There’s Chang, with her no-muss buzz cut, behind the metal mesh of the commissary booth, handing out cups and Colgate and ramen in her brusque, no-nonsense manner. That’s where she’ll remain for most of the show: doing her job on the periphery, seen but unnoticed. Just how she wants it. It isn't until the sixth episode of the recently released third season that the show lingers on Chang: In “Ching Chong Chang” we get her backstory, and if one thing’s clear, she's the real gangster at Litchfield. At first glance, Chang’s character descends from a mostly »


- E. Alex Jung

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A Female Producer Explains 4 Ways Women Get a Raw Deal in Hollywood

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By this point, it's been well established that women who work in film have a tougher time of it than men. Even so, when the Tumblr account Shit People Say to Women Directors recently debuted, it quickly went viral. Many of its crowdsourced anecdotes involved terrible tales of extreme sexism and harassment, but just as eye-opening were the smaller stories, the more common microaggressions that female directors (and producers like me) must deal with on a regular basis. These minor offenses are often committed by people who have no idea that they’re doing it, but they can add up, contributing to the cloud of sexism that will continue to choke Hollywood until female filmmakers — and a more enlightened industry — are able to bat it back. I spoke to some of those filmmakers to get a better sense of the forms of discrimination they typically face; these four examples were »

- Mynette Louie

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Meet the New Ghostbusters Villain: Neil Casey

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Deadline has the scoop on the new villain for Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, and the New York comedy scene could not be more pleasantly surprised: It's Neil Casey! Who? you may ask, if you're not prone to spending lots of time in a small theater underneath a Gristedes. Well, here's your answer: Casey, one of Vulture's 50 Comedians to Watch in 2015, was a Ucb comedy guru; before his move to L.A., he was widely regarded as the best improviser in the city, and he taught classes and directed shows for many of the people who make up the second comedy boom. Like most of the new Ghostbusters cast, Casey's got an SNL connection, as he wrote for the show during the 2012–13 season before moving on to Inside Amy Schumer and Kroll Show. He currently stars on Feig's Yahoo sci-fi show Other Space, which probably helped him land the »


- Nate Jones

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Everything You Need to Know About Netflix’s New Movie-Release Calendar

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Netflix is getting into the feature-film business, and today the streaming giant announced release dates for the films that it hopes will lead the company into its next awards-laden stage. First up is Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, which stars Idris Elba as a West African warlord who mentors a young child soldier — it will debut on Netflix on October 16, the same day it opens in American theaters for a crucial Oscar-qualifying run. Following that is Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six, a comic Western that made headlines when its Native American actors walked off the set in protest. Six will start streaming December 11 — appropriately, two weeks before Quentin Tarantino's similarly titled The Hateful Eight — and with an awards run seemingly out of the question, Netflix gave no word about its possible theatrical release. 2016 brings Netflix's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, which was pushed »


- Nate Jones

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Benjamin Markovits’s Obama Novel

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Novelists take their time responding to history, and we’re now starting to see what they’ll make of America under Obama. You Don’t Have to Live Like This, Benjamin Markovits’s seventh book, captures a peculiar creature of this time: the young liberal entrepreneur who wants to create a model for urban renewal and make a buck or two doing it. His name is Robert James, and his plan is to buy up five square miles of crumbling houses and empty lots in Detroit and jump-start the area’s gentrification by attracting settlers through an online campaign. Before things take their turn toward the violent and distinctly non-post-racial, Obama himself makes an appearance, delivering a speech with the line that gives the novel its title and giving the narrator a bloody nose with a misplaced elbow in a pickup basketball game. The narrator is Greg Marnier, and it »


- Christian Lorentzen

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